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Sinopec's first PEM Hydrogen production demonstration station begins operations

Author : PCEC

09 November 2021

On November 8, Sinopec's first PEM hydrogen production demonstration station began operations at the Yanshan Petrochemical plant in Beijing. This is the first demonstration of Sinopec's use of renewables to produce green hydrogen.

Image: Sinopec
Image: Sinopec

The station uses electrolysis to produce hydrogen using technology developed by the Sinopec Research Institute of Petroleum Processing. It uses photovoltaic, wind energy and other renewable electricity to make green hydrogen. The station has high stability, good safety, and high hydrogen production efficiency. The hydrogen production efficiency of the proton exchange membrane electrolyser is over 85%. The demonstration station achieves zero carbon emissions and zero pollution throughout the entire process of production and application.

Ling Yiqun, Deputy General Manager of Sinopec Corporation, attended the project launching ceremony and announced the commissioning of Sinopec's PEM hydrogen production demonstration station. He said that hydrogen energy, as the clean energy with the most development potential, is of great significance to promoting the energy transition and promoting the sustainable development of the global economy.

Sinopec said that its aims remain becoming the world's leading clean energy chemical company, take hydrogen energy as the key direction of new energy development, and strive to build China's top hydrogen energy company. Sinopec will take the opportunity of ensuring hydrogen supply for the Winter Olympics as an opportunity to accelerate the deployment of the hydrogen energy industry and make new contributions to the development of China's hydrogen energy industry and the realisation of the goal of carbon neutrality.

Image: Sinopec
Image: Sinopec

Sinopec has accelerated energy transformation and industrial upgrading, and comprehensively promoted the construction of the entire hydrogen energy industry chain, the company says. At present, breakthroughs have been made in various fields such as hydrogen refueling stations, hydrogen production technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hydrogen storage materials.

Sinopec's annual hydrogen production capacity exceeds 3.9 million tons, accounting for about 11% of China's annual hydrogen production. Sinopec has built 7 sets of hydrogen purification production plants in Yanshan Petrochemical, Gaoqiao Petrochemical and other subsidiaries, and 31 hydrogen refueling stations in 17 provinces. During China's 14th Five-Year Plan, Sinopec plans to build 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations and will strive to become China's top hydrogen energy company.

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